Lady Antebellum highlights Country Jam
Reigning Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music Vocal “Group of the Year” Lady Antebellum headlines the first night of the four-day Major Mortgage Country Jam USA music festival.
The homegrown Nashville act has taken the music industry by storm, redefining the term “crossover” to become mainstays on both pop and country song charts.
The group’s lead track “Just A Kiss” off their forthcoming third Capitol Nashville album debuted at No. seven on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and became the highest debut by a country group in the chart’s 52-year history.
The single sold over 211,000 digital copies in its first week, earning the No. one position on iTunes’ country singles chart. “Just A Kiss” is Lady Antebellum’s highest charting radio single debut to date and fastest gainer, landing in the Top 20 on Billboard’s Country Singles chart after only two weeks.
The song debuted on American Idol and the the trio performed it again during the 2011 Billboard Music Awards, which was broadcast live on ABC May 22.
The new album, slated for release later this year, follows the band’s second disc “Need You Now.” Since its release in January 2010, the album has sold more than five million copies across the globeand scored more than a dozen award show trophies.
Unfortunately, the band was tied up putting the finishing touches on their forthcoming album and was unavailable for comment about Country Jam, where they will take the stage at 10 p.m. on Thursday, June 23.
No word yet on what they’ll play, but they have plenty of material to choose from. “Need You Now” spawned three multi-week No. 1 hits: “Need You Now,” “American Honey” and “Our Kind of Love.”
The pop-friendly country trio includes Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood. Charles Kelley is the younger brother of country sensation Josh Kelley who will also perform on Thursday, June 23 at 5 p.m.
Scott, who shares lead vocal duties with Kelley, has become the face of the band. She’s recently been featured in InStyle and Elle as much for her intriguing sense of style as for her emerging status as a pop icon.
Last March, Lady Antebellum (Lady A to their fans) was featured in a USA Today cover story that explored the band’s roots as songwriters and their desire for broad listener appeal.
Earlier this spring — after an appearance at the Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, where they picked up trophies for Album of the Year for “Need You Now” and their second consecutive Vocal Group of the Year award — the trio trekked to Australia for the first time to join Keith Urban’s “Get Closer” 2011 world tour.
In April, “Need You Now” became the No. 1 most downloaded country song of all time, surpassing Taylor Swift’s “Love Story,” according to the group’s publicist.
“Need You Now” went on to earn Grammy awards for “Song of the Year,” “Record of the Year” and “Country Song of the Year.”
The group’s Country Jam appearance is part of a summer tour that will take them through the upper Midwest and the West through July.
Lady Antebellum is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of star power at this year’s Country Jam.
Little Big Town will be making a second appearance at Country Jam this year. The band has been nominated for numerous awards; including a Grammy nomination for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group for the single “Little White Church” and a 2011 CMT Music Awards for Group Video of The Year. Their latest album, “The Reason Why” was released in January 2011 and includes the hit ‘Little White Church.”
Little Big Town takes the stage at 8:45 p.m. on Sunday, June 26.
Western Underground headlines on Friday, June 24. Preceding them is country superstar Clint Black, who has made 15 albums, released 100 songs from those albums and sold over 20 million copies.
Country Jam favorite Alan Jackson anchors the lineup on Saturday, June 25. His set begins at 10 p.m. Jackson has had 34 No. 1 singles and has sold more than 50 million albums. On top of his instantly recognizable classics, he recently earned notable airplay by collaborating with the Zac Brown Band on the hit “As She’s Walking Away.”
Those interested in hearing more country music will have many options during Country Jam, including shows on the side stages. For more information on tickets, camping options, vendors and other guest information, visit http://co.countryjam.com/